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Looking at the chances the Redskins could land Antonio Brown and a new QB

Looking at the chances the Redskins could land Antonio Brown and a new QB

Few teams overhaul their quarterback and top wide receiver position in one offseason. It rarely happens. 

Even fewer teams acquire maybe the best receiver in football and pair him with a new quarterback in one offseason. That’s extremely rare. 

So know that the odds of the Redskins acquiring Antonio Brown from the Steelers and making moves to get a new QB are wildly long. 

Still, don’t completely rule it out. 

Start with Brown. His antics in an ESPN interview over the weekend will not help his trade value. At some point, if the Steelers actually want to move him, they might have to realize his trade value is far lower than his on-field value. 

If, and it’s probably a ridiculous if, Brown can be had without a first-round draft pick in exchange, the Redskins might be able to grab him. Bruce Allen has three picks between 16 and 100 that he could package for Brown. 

Sure, it seems obvious the Raiders could offer one of their three first-round picks for Brown, and that seems the likely landing spot, but obvious rarely happens in the NFL. 

Brown to the Redskins probably won’t happen. But that doesn’t mean it can’t. 

What will happen? A new quarterback in Washington. 

It could be something simple, like bringing back Josh Johnson or signing a veteran free agent like Ryan Fitzpatrick or Teddy Bridgewater. Neither QB would bring much excitement, but there would be open competition for Colt McCoy. 

A more exciting move, and perhaps more probable, is a rookie, first-round QB. 

The Redskins want Kyler Murray, though he will be hard to get. 

Many believe Arizona will take Murray first overall in the draft, and if that happens, there’s nothing to stop the Heisman winner from landing in the desert.  

The Redskins also like Josh Rosen, the 10th overall pick in 2018. The previous Arizona regime drafted Rosen, but if the Cardinals want Murray, it makes Rosen expendable. 

Washington would likely have to part with the 15th pick for Rosen, unless the ‘Skins look to make a player for player swap. 

Trading players will absolutely be on the table for Bruce Allen as he looks to rebuild. 

If Murray doesn’t go No. 1, Washington could create a package to move up into the Top 5 and grab him. Swapping first round picks with a team like the Jets, who don’t need a QB, and offering a player and/or an extra third round pick might get it done. 

Remember the ‘Skins have an additional selection in the third round as compensation for losing Kirk Cousins to free agency last year. 

It would be peak irony should the Cousins compensatory pick turn into a new QB. 

There’s also the very real possibility of drafting a QB at 15. Drew Lock didn’t jump up draft boards at the Combine like some predicted. Neither did Daniel Jones. One or both could be there when the Redskins are slated to draft. 

Dwayne Haskins seems less likely to last until 15, but if the Redskins are willing to engage in trade conversation for Murray and Rosen, the organization might look at options to get the former Ohio State star too. 

Haskins played locally at The Bullis School and was a high school classmate with Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder’s son. 

There are lots of options for a new quarterback. At least one of them will be exercised. 

The Redskins look poised for an aggressive offseason. Don’t count anything all the way out, even a Brown trade, but know that at least one new passer will wear Burgundy and Gold this fall. 

Speaking at the Combine, Jay Gruden and Doug Williams said quarterback was a priority for the organization this offseason. 

When teams say that, there is usually a draft move coming. 


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Robert Griffin III and Redskins' Nick Sundberg debate opposing sides of proposed CBA

Robert Griffin III and Redskins' Nick Sundberg debate opposing sides of proposed CBA

Before we get into the lengthy debate between Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III and Redskins long snapper Nick Sundberg regarding the newly proposed NFL CBA, let's get all the facts straight. 

First the what. The new CBA, expected to begin in 2021, calls for a 17-game regular season, a higher percentage of the league's revenue going to the players, a shortened preseason, upgraded pensions for retired players and more roster spots, among other amendments. 

The players' share of the revenue would increase to 48% and could grow to 48.5%, resulting in approximately $5 billion more money per year going to the players instead of the owners.

Some players want more, some aren't interested in continuing negotiations and risking a lockout. When the NFLPA voted to send the proposed CBA to the full player membership, it sparked plenty of debate online between players. Especially between two former teammates in Griffin and Sundberg. 

Griffin was on the side of holding out for more money coming to the players. That the players and owners split the revenue down the middle.

Sundberg, on the other hand, would rather get a small victory now than risk a catastrophic situation for the players. 

Griffin then went on to argue how players shouldn't negotiate with a mindset of fearing the worst. 

"You can’t negotiate a CBA from a position of fear," Griffin wrote. "That’s our union's job to ensure that we are properly [equipped] to endure a work stoppage. Your position is, 'Well it’s the best offer we got so we should accept it.' This is a time to flip the script and get more of what we work for."

"That’s a super easy thing to say. 'Just get more.' But at what cost?" Sundberg replied. "Two years of a strike? We’d lose over 13 billion in player money in that time. Say we get to 50/50 after that. It’ll take 20+ years to recoup those lost funds. And guys careers will end because of that action."

The new CBA is a complicated issue in the league. Players believe they deserve more money, but owners have a lot of power in negotiations. Sundberg and Griffin both have valid points, and they discussed the issue in far more tweets than what's shown here. 

Players will have to consider both sides and all the consequences that could come with holding out for what they deserve. There isn't a set date for the player membership vote, though the NFLPA passing the deal is a decent barometer for what conclusion the players will come to. 

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Ron Rivera identifies two lesser-known names that'll make a big difference for the Redskins

Ron Rivera identifies two lesser-known names that'll make a big difference for the Redskins

Are you a Redskins fan who's feeling totally refreshed now that the franchise is heading in a new direction?

If so, then you're absolutely aware of the names Ron Rivera, Kyle Smith, Jack Del Rio and Scott Turner. They are, respectively, Washington's new head coach, new leader of the front office, new defensive coordinator and new offensive coordinator.

There are others worth knowing, though, like Ryan Vermillion and Rob Rogers.

Those names may sound familiar — they're the team's new Head Athletic Trainer and Senior VP of Football Administration — or they may not. Regardless of whether you knew them already, you must know that Ron Rivera believes the two ex-Panthers employees will really contribute with the Redskins.

"You want to put people around you that are familiar with what you want and how you want it done, and these are guys that were with me from the beginning," Rivera told reporters at the Combine on Wednesday. "So they have an understanding of what we want. So we're going to go out and try and implement that."

Both Vermillion and Rogers were in Carolina for the entirety of Rivera's time there, and now, they'll start fresh with him as he tries to reorient the Burgundy and Gold. Some have been skeptical of Rivera bringing so many former members of the Panthers with him to his new job, but he's obviously viewing that as a pro, not a con.

"One of the things that I talked about was trying to develop a sustainable winning culture," Rivera said of his comments after taking over the Redskins. "We had a little bit of that going for a while in Carolina. We had a good five-year stretch. Unfortunately, through attrition, we weren't able to continue that. But that's the starting point."

For most NFL organizations, the changing of trainers would merely mean a new placard next to a door at the facility and not much else to those outside of the team. In Washington, however, it's crucial news.

Redskins supporters are basically scarred from the last few seasons of constant injury problems, and last season, they saw Trent Williams hold out largely because he didn't want to deal with those who botched a cancer diagnosis that put his life in jeopardy. Hopefully, those days are done.

"One of the things that we had to do, that we wanted to do, was redevelop the trust in the training room," Rivera said. "I couldn't think of a better person than Ryan Vermillion. I really, truly couldn't. I'm going into my 34th year in the league and I've been around a lot of good trainers. He really makes me believe that he is one of the best ones because of the way he works."

Redskins supporters were also very fond of Eric Schaffer, a longtime employee of Dan Snyder who was renowned for his contract negotiations and salary cap management. Therefore, when news broke that Schaffer wouldn't be a part of Rivera's plan going forward, there was angst.

Yet according to Rivera, there's nothing to stress about when it comes to those dealings.

"Rob Rogers is a guy that, after having hired him, it's been real interesting to hear some of the agents and some of the league personnel tell me, 'Boy, you've got a really good guy in Rob,'" he said. "He's a guy that I know of and know who he is, so I'm excited about having him as part of it as well."

Starting Week 1 of 2020, it'll be Redskins players who'll obviously be most responsible for whether this new era goes successfully or not.

That said, people like Vermillion and Rogers will matter leading up to and past that point, too. Their new ideas and voices won't show up in highlights on Sundays, but they'll absolutely make a difference in their own right.